Collage.Com Photo Blanket Review And Blanket Giveaway Exp: 11/15 #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received a Plush Photo Blanket to review. All opinions of this review are my families and my own. When it arrived I couldn’t wait to open it. I chose photos of our family that I just cherish and wanted to add them to a blanket so that it’s able to be cuddled with and have all the family on it to view as many of them live further away from us. So I thought it would be perfect to have for me.

When the blanket arrived I couldn’t wait to open it like I said. So I opened the package and pulled out this beautiful blanket and the photos look just perfect! I love the way they were arranged and everyone fit on the blanket perfectly. Now, I hope you didn’t think that I had to arrange the photos on the blanket because I didn’t. I just put in the photos that I wanted to use and the Collage.com website did all that work for me. They arranged all the photos just perfectly. As you can see from the photo of my blanket that I made. I just choose the photos and then clicked on the use all photos and it arranged them so that they would all fit perfectly. The best part was that if I didn’t like how they were arranged, I could click on the “shuffle” button and it would move the photos around so I was not stuck with it if I didn’t like it.

The site was so easy to use, so easy to choose the photos that I wanted to use. Even someone who doesn’t do a lot of online shopping can figure out their easy to use website. They take all the guess work out of how to make it and get the perfect blanket made. Although blankets are not all that they offer. You can also choose Canvas photos, Photo books, beach towels, calendars and so much more! They all would make great gifts for any occasion, from Anniversary to the Holidays. You really can not go wrong with a personalized gift. The receiver will really love it and cherish it.

I have been using my blanket everyday as it’s really gotten chilly here. It’s only going to get colder as well, it’s apart of Wisconsin and how it is here. So it’s always perfect to sit cuddled up with hot chocolate and a warm blanket. Now, I can enjoy a hot chocolate with lots of mini marshmellows, with my comfy blanket and a good book and just let winter winds blow outside while I am comfy in the house.

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Mr. Bucket Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

Mr. Bucket Game

I received the Mr. Bucket Game to review with my kids. We took the Mr. Bucket out of the box and put it together. He is a little creepy without his eyes in place so I would put the Mr. Bucket together before showing the kids. There is a little assembly required with putting his eyes, hands and handle onto the Mr. Bucket. Then you put in your batteries to make him come to life. The batteries are not included.

Once I had Mr. Bucket all put together, I explained to the kiddos how we play the game. There were 4 of us so we all had our own colored balls and shovels that we use to scoop up our own colored balls with. We tested out Mr. Bucket to see how it would work before we started to play. I handed the kids each their shovels so that we were ready to play the game. The kids were having so much fun chasing around Mr. Bucket and having them throw their balls out and they had to chase them to get them back into the bucket. When they got all their balls in they had to grab the handle and pick up Mr. Bucket to win the game.

We played the game both inside and outside. The kids were just having so much fun that they continued to play all day and night with the Mr. Bucket. They each took turns playing and winning. They were laughing so hard that you couldn’t help but laugh with them. They were running around and wearing themselves out as well, which I have to say that I loved as well. lol The game was so easy that even my 2 year old grandson played the game with them.

Mr. Bucket would be the perfect game to keep the kids moving and having fun this winter. A Fun family game night that everyone will enjoy. I even had fun playing the game with the kiddos over and over again. It was just a blast to play with them and we just kept laughing the whole time. It would also make a great gift for a birthday or holiday as well. They will love it and play with it all the time! You can purchase Mr. Bucket at all your favorite stores as well as on Amazon. Let your children have a great time and they will be tired at the end of the night from having so much fun! What more could a parent ask for???

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Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Card Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Guardian of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Card Game to review with my son’s. Now, I have to say that my son’s are Huge Guardians of the Galaxy fans. They loved both movies and Baby Groot is one of my favorites as well. I mean what’s not to love about Rocket and Groot! We loved both movies and have watched them over and over again. We are hoping there will be another one coming out as well.

We shuffled the cards so we were ready to play the game. You want to avoid getting the lowest point cards in the game. If you get a lower card value you can pass it on to another player. If you have a lower card value you will lose a battery pack. You want to make sure your cassette player is full of batteries. You also have the mix cards that will increase your score or you can take other players scores down with them as well. There are also Character cards like Rocket, Groot, and other characters as well that come with their own powers. You also have events cards as well. They will bring you to new rules of the game as you play. The lower card may lose or win a battery pack with an events card or they may have something else that may help you or help another player in the game.

The kids were having such a great time playing the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 card game. They were learning so much about the movie as well as the game at the same time. We kept playing the game and there were new twists that kept the boys wanting to play more and more. There really was nothing about the game that they didn’t like. They really loved all the different events, Characters, and they had so much fun playing. They each had a character that they wanted to be. They were so excited about playing the game.

There cousins came over and they set up the game to play with them. They are also huge Guardians of the Galaxy Fans so they were all excited. They played the game and raved about how much fun the game was and what the event cards gave them. They just had so much fun that they told my cousin that they had to get the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 card game as well. They were so cute as they were playing together, it really kept their interest, it brought them back to the movie with some of the cards that are in the game.

You can purchase the game on Amazon as well as your favorite stores as well. It’s great for any Guardians of the Galaxy fans, a Birthday or Holiday gift as well.

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Turnspell Game Review And Game Prize Pack Giveaway Exp 12/12 #Christmas

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I received the Turnspell Game to review. We love to play games that are educational but still have fun spins to the game. We set up Turnspell and we were ready to play. The boys were pretty excited to play as they thought it was going to be an easy game to play as far as you make 4 letter words for the game but they didn’t realize there were some different twists in the game.

Turnspell can be played by 2 to 4 players, it’s for ages 10 and up. Turnspell is made by Mattel, and they have a lot of great games that we have featured in our reviews as well as our Christmas gift guide this Holiday Season. The players will add up the points on the letter tiles just like on the game Scrabble. When a player reaches 44 points they are the winner of the game. Now, if you do not have the letters to make a word you can lose 5 points, exchange a letter and get a new letter from the letter pouch so that you can create a word. As you make words you add up the points on the tiles to get you to the 44 points. If your board fills up you can remove a word and place it back into the letter pouch without losing points.

The boys and I were having a great time playing Turnspell, it’s a little different then other games. You choose letters and place them on the other players boards. All the players play at the same time as well, you do not take turns. However, I really liked that it was 4 letter words so that everyone is playing on the same playing field. So that children and adults can play the game and it can be anyone that wins. So the boys really liked that anyone could win the game. That it wasn’t to hard for them to play and it really worked on their spelling words as well as their math at the same time due to having to add the tiles to reach the 44 points to win the game.

We played the game together and the boys were having so much fun making words and counting the tiles. My older son won the first game and they wanted to play again. We continued to play and we all won a game. It was so much fun for us all to play Turnspell. It is different then scrabble as you make smaller words, the boards are smaller, and you place tiles on the other players boards instead of your own. However, we really liked the different twists of the game. It would make a great gift for any child that loves to play games or you would like to work on their ability to spell words. They can learn how to in a fun way.

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Gas Out Game Review And Prize Pack Giveaway Exp 12/12 #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Gas Out Game for our family to review. As always the review is of the opinions of our family and myself. We read the instructions for the game and shuffled the deck of cards so we were ready to start playing the game. My grandchildren and my son’s were ready to play the game. So I dealt out 3 cards to each of them. They held their cards and my grandson started the game as he is the youngest playing the game. So I helped him choose a card to play and push on the gas to see if it passed gas.

The kids loved that they could skip players, reverse the turn back to them, and then see if they can keep playing without making it pass gas. The kids were just having so much fun playing the game together and laughing. When each one of the kids would take their turn you could see them closing their eyes, making faces, and things before they pushed it down to see if it would pass gas. It was so funny to watch their facial expressions they were making each turn they had.

It was a great way for us to have less screen time and more family time but in a fun way. They were just playing and laughing and didn’t even realize there were no electronics on. We love to have fun family game nights and Gas Out is the perfect way to have a great time with the whole family. We kept playing the game over and over again. They had a so much fun that when it was time to eat dinner they didn’t want to go to the table to eat. So I told them it was time to eat but that when they were done eating they could go back to playing games again. So that finally got them to the table.

Gas Out would make a great gift this holiday season, but it would also be a fun birthday gift or just for family game nights as well. It’s a fun as well as funny way to get the family having fun and away from t.v., tablets, and all other screen time activities. I can tell you that this weekend we will be doing another family game night and Gas Out will be apart of the fun game night. It has quickly become a family favorite as well. It will keep you laughing and cringing when you hear the fart sound.

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Squawk Game Review And Prize Pack Giveaway #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Squawk Game to review with my family. Now, I have to say that I wondered what could be fun about this game. I mean it’s a chicken that you try to have lay and egg. What could be fun about that! It is an adorable chicken, but really how could this game keep the kids attention and get them engaged in the game?

We read the instructions,We set up all the pieces and started to play the game. There is a little bit of assembly to do before you play the game. Now, to play the game you put the egg in place so that the Chicken can lay it when it’s ready. The first player will roll the dice, then they will squeeze the Chicken to make it squawk. It may lay the egg, if the chicken does not lay the egg then it’s the next person’s turn. You continue to play till the Chicken lays it’s egg. Now, when the chicken is going to lay it’s egg then the hen house opens and the chicken lays the egg. When you open the egg if the chick is face up then you keep the token. The person with the most chicks wins the game.

I helped my grandson play with the rest of the kids. They were all laughing at the chicken squawking. They were having a great time and couldn’t wait for their turn to make the chicken squawk. When the eggs came out, the kids would just cheer and wait to see if the chick was face up or down. They were having such an amazing time playing the game that they didn’t want the fun to end. I of course had things I needed to get done so my older son helped my grandson to play the game.

They were completely entertained for a long time, which meant I could get things done while they were having a great time. It was a win/win! I also loved that they were having fun and it wasn’t watching t.v. or having screen time which we have been cutting back on a lot so this was a great way for them to have fun without realizing that they were losing the screen time! They played most of the afternoon with the Squawk game. Then changed to other games.

Squawk would make a great game for a gift! You can find it at all your favorite retail stores. Your child will love it as well and you can have lots of fun playing games with them.

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Googly Eyes Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received Googly Eyes Game to review with my family. The kids were very curious about the Googly Eyes Game and how to play it. They were very curious as to what the glasses were going to do for the game and how funny they would look with them on.

We read the instructions and we started to play Googly Eyes. We got all the pieces and board set up and then we shuffled the cards so that the game was all ready to play. Now, the object of the game is to wear the Googly Eye Glasses and then draw the picture of what the card tells you to and to have the other person guess what you drew. However, the glasses lenses make it a little more difficult to see what your drawing.

The whole family was having a great time playing Googly Eyes. You roll the dice, then move your piece, when you land on the color you choose the card that matches, then draw the picture that is stated on the card. But, you have to remember it’s not always easy depending on which lens you have in the Googly Eyes glasses. The lenses are easy to difficult to see through. So it can change the way you would normally draw. The pictures that you draw can be easier or have some difficulty depending on the lenses that you use. However, there are spaces on the board where you can choose which glasses lens you can use.

The Googly Eyes game will have you laughing as your trying to figure out what the other person is drawing. Some will have you laughing so hard as you try to guess what they are drawing. There are plenty of laughs to be had and everyone looks so funny wearing the googly eye glasses as well. It’s really such a great game to play with the kids and family. You can have so much fun. I do suggest that you go to Dollar Tree to purchase extra drawing tablets because this will be a family favorite game! You will want to play all the time. Parents you will not be bored with this game and dread playing it.

The Googly Eyes game will be one you will play all the time. It would make a great Christmas gift for any child on your shopping list. It’s also a great gift idea for birthday parties and one that the parents will thank you for over and over again! You can purchase Googly Eyes at all your favorite stores as well.

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Uno Attack Game Review And Game Giveaway #ChristmasGiftGuide

Uno Attack Game

I received the Uno Attack Game to review with our family. We love the traditional Uno game, we play it all the time, so we were excited to try out the Uno Attack Game. We love having down time to have more time with our family and no screen time.

We got the game out and got it all ready to play. Now, I have to say that my youngest son likes to try to cheat when we play Uno, so I was excited to see how this works and if he would have to stick to the rules. We started to play the game after reading the rules. My son’s and my mom were so excited about playing. So we let my son start us off after we dealt the hands, he played his card and pushed the launcher button and several cards came out to him. Then my other son took his turn and pushed the launcher button and only 1 card came out. As we continued to play everyone was laughing and having a great time.

It was the first time that my youngest wasn’t able to “act” like he picked a card when he didn’t! However, he was having such a great time playing that he didn’t even notice that he couldn’t cheat at the game. The Uno Attack went round and round the table, and as we played it would send it’s cards out to each player. My older son won the game and we all cheered for him. Then we started a new game, I have to say though, my youngest son didn’t cheat, complain when he didn’t win, or stomp off and not want to play the game again. That’s his normal at times when we play games so since he was having so much fun, he forgot about his normal and was ready to play the next game.

We had a blast the whole night playing Uno Attack. We have plans to play a marathon board game day over the Christmas break for the kids. We can hardly wait and are doing a calendar count down with the boys till the fun day. We have been playing Uno Attack on a regular basis though till that day. If your looking for a fun family game then your going to love Uno Attack. The whole family can play and have a fun time! It’s the perfect Christmas gift for the kids on your Christmas shopping list. You can find Uno Attack at all your favorite stores.

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Star Shower Slide Show And Winter Wonderland Holiday Theme Projectors #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Winter Wonderland Holiday Theme Projector and the Star Shower Slide Show to review with our family and neighbors. I set them both up, the Winter Wonderland Projector in our living room and the Star Shower Slide Show projector was set up outside.

I set up the Star Shower Slide Show Projector outside first. I have to say it was very easy to set up. You plug it in and then select which theme you would like to show on your home and then just let it go. It was really pretty when I turned it on to show the theme on the house. We had so much fun going through all the themes to see which one we would like to have showing on our home. We decided to change it every couple of days to give everyone something to look at different every few days. The kids are so excited about changing the themes and showing a new one. So they will all take turns picking and changing the theme.

Our neighbors really enjoyed the show on the house as well. They all wanted to know where we got the great decorations! We also have some older neighbors who do not want to take the time to do traditional lights on the house anymore. So I did share where they could purchase these projectors so that they could have beautiful decorations that didn’t require a ladder. Everyone was wondering how the Holiday theme projectors worked so they were excited to see them in action.

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I also received the Winter Wonderland Holiday Theme Projector. Now, I have to say it’s my favorite! The scenes that you can choose from are amazing! Halloween has Zombies that look like they are trying to get at you! Christmas has adorable puppies, Santa Waving, Santa by the Christmas tree and so many other great themes. My kids and grandkids were just in awe! The neighbors also loved it as well, as you just choose a theme and it keeps repeating over and over again. It’s a simple process to set up and then you just select the theme.

I did try to set it up in one of the bedroom windows, however, I didn’t have enough distance to set it up to make it large enough to fill the window (It’s a smaller room). So I moved it to the living room window and I was able to get it to fill in the whole window as I had more space to put it further away. It was so funny because we had people stopping in front of our house to watch the Santa Claus waving with their children. It was so cute to see the kids pointing and smiling as they watched. So of course I had to change it to Santa in front of the Christmas Tree for them as well. It has been so much fun to make children’s Christmas magical with the Winter Wonderland Projector as well as the Star Shower Slide Show Projector. It has really made Christmas so much fun but so easy to make the holidays a fun time for everyone!

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